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  2. No Soap

    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    True! No soap should ever be used again! I do use Opti-Clean as a ONR wash pre-spray in the winter.
  3. Ron@Optimum

    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    curious where you got this "general recommendation" because it didn't come from Optimum. We have never recommended the 2 bucket wash (in fact, Yvan LaCroix recommends against it). For a truly filthy car (mud encrusted) we suggest power washing first, but still an ONR wash. I've never had a car too dirty for ONR. Opti-Clean is a true waterless wash and can be used for spot cleaning or for the entire job...and many use it that way. Opti-Clean is a stronger cleaner than ONR and has it's place in a washing routine. For instance, sometimes during a rain storm I pull my car out to get it thoroughly wet, then use Opti-Clean as a safe drying aid to finish the job.
  4. Yesterday
  5. RonTacoma17

    Winter Ice and snow :-(

    Hate the thought of it yet living in WNY we get ice and snow. My truck will be parked in my garage yet... can anyone recommend a great ice and snow brush
  6. darrvao777

    The Line between Opticlean and ONR

    Sorry to drag up an old topic but I was curious. So the general recommendation is: 1) if the car is filthy, do a traditional 2 bucket wash with soap 2) if the car isn't too dirty, we can use ONR (I still typically presoak ONR using a foam cannon and pressure wash the car off before starting my ONR wash) 3) where does that leave Opti-clean? When is the best time to use Opti-clean? More for spot treatment? Would you actually use Opti-clean to clean an entire car?
  7. Last week
  8. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Can the cure time be reduced, to allow driving sooner? Heat gun? IR? Is it body shop safe?
  9. Ron@Optimum

    VOC free ?

    Most Optimum products are VOC free or contain a minute amount of IPA and are mainly free of petroleum solvents.
  10. Kiddetailer

    VOC free ?

    I understand that the Optimum product line is promoted to be VOC free. I was looking through various SDS of the optimum products. In example, for Opti Seal it states "Grams VOC less water: 14". Optimum No Rinse it states "Grams VOC less water: 6 g". Ferrex it states " Lbs VOC/Gallon Less Water 0.00". What does that mean?
  11. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Yep - all I'm doing for my TPC coated tires is wiping them with a waterless wash fluid. I've been cleaning my rims like that for many years, too - I do it very often though, and I seem to have low dusting pads & rotors. It comes off VERY easily. Occassionally I'll spot clean with something stronger though. Btw - I'm due for a pair of new tires soon - I'll see whether brand new tires shed black. If not, that would perhaps disprove the carbon black theory. (and I'll ensure no tire shine is applied at the shop)
  12. No Soap

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Just to let you know, I live more up north here in Europe but ONR is enough to clean my wheels here so they are looking black and new.
  13. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Why would silicone cause the cloth to be black? Silicone is clear. I just spoke with my tire shop - they said straight away that it's the carbon black. So I'm going to cut my cleaning WAY down. The carbon black is there for a reason - it's beneficial. When my tires look clean and with an even matte finish, that's when I'll stop. Btw, I AM using Power Clean - the wax & grease remover was just an experiment. IMHO, the TPC is actually pulling the carbon black out - that's why it too causes my cloths to turn black.
  14. Setec Astronomy

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    I don't think you are pulling the carbon black out, I'm not sure that's possible. I'm going to guess that you have used silicone dressings on the tires previously, perhaps even oil-based dressings. IMO a petroleum distillate is not the best thing to use to achieve a clean surface for a tire coating. Optimum recommends straight Optimum Power Clean; there are also some other very good tire cleaners like the Tuf Shine and even some of the Mothers products. You may have to clean with this aqueous method many, many times if you have recently been using oil-based dressings. You may even have to let the tires rest for a few weeks to allow more to come out of the tire.
  15. Ron@Optimum

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    understand that rubber isn't naturally black, so pigment is added. That is most likely what is coming off on your towels.
  16. Ron@Optimum

    Paint Guard high spot.s

    Paint Guard is a ceramic coating with a written 3 year warranty - no wax has that. It's harder than automotive clear coat and more chemically resistant.
  17. GregS

    TIRE PROTECTION AND COATING

    Has anyone else noticed that no matter how clean the tire is, when the TPC is applied, the application cloth turns black, suggesting that the tire in fact wasn't clean afterall? I've just tried an experiment - I went over the same small area of the tire LOTS of times, using a petroleum distillate based wax & grease remover - the cloth ALWAYS turned black. It can't possibly be dirt IMHO - am I leaching out carbon black from the rubber?
  18. hokiedood

    Paint Guard high spot.s

    A lot of people on the internet say Paint Guard is just a wax. Do you know what it actually is?
  19. Is there a way without marring? I do a ONR wash every other week but there is still grit after the car is dried.
  20. Jstock13

    Paint Guard high spot.s

    Thanks for the response. I have high hopes that the installer will make it right.
  21. Ron@Optimum

    Paint Guard high spot.s

    Coating high spots occur when too much coating is applied and the installer did not get back over in time to spread/remove the overage. Surface cure time varies depending on conditions like humidity and heat, so sometimes the installer isn't able level the coating before it surface cures. Correction can include applying another coat to even it up or polishing high spots and reapplying Paint Guard to that area. You are doing the right thing in letting the installer fix the issue.
  22. I just had both my wife's car and my truck coated with Paint Guard. Her car is white and looks really good. My truck is blue and has smeared looking places that the installer said were high spots. Some of these are really noticeable and others only under certain lighting and angles. I'm seeing spots on both sides of the bed, the tailgate, driver's side fender and both driver's side doors. The installer says that he will make it good, but I'm curious as to what steps he should take to correct this issue. Might someone please explain what he will need to do to correct these blemishes? Thanks in advance!
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  24. Ron@Optimum

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Glad to hear it's working for you...
  25. GregS

    Optimum Glass Coat Troubles

    Well it seems to be flying. After about 6 days, we finally got some rain, and the windscreen was indeed nicely hydrophobic. Also, it is actually reasonably slick - it seems to have become slicker over time. I'm actually already impressed that it's lasted through all the cleaning and buffing I've done over the week - I do a lot of driving, and a lot of cleaning, and I buff very thoroughly to remove all streaking. The only other "premium" windscreen product I've tried to date is the Angelwax H2GO - it would already have worn off. (my experience with that product doesn't match a lot of others though - others report much better longevity, FWIW)
  26. mattyboof

    Gloss Coat - Applied Outside

    Thank you for the welcome Ron, and for the info.
  27. Ron@Optimum

    Gloss Coat - Applied Outside

    welcome to the Optimum party! There are many mobile installers who apply ceramic coatings out of doors. Try to avoid windy days (debris) and keep your car dry for a minimum of 1 hour. Gloss-Coat surface cures quickly. Apply Opti-Seal 1 hour after Gloss-Coat for extra protection.
  28. Ron@Optimum

    Chauffeur in Sydney

    welcome to Optimum - not sure Dr G is working on deodorants, but you never know...
  29. mattyboof

    Gloss Coat - Applied Outside

    Hello everyone, Im new to OPT products but am slowly replacing all my products with OPT. Currently using powerclean, ONR (both versions) and opti seal. I have recently picked up 10cc of opti gloss coat and am looking to apply it but my car will not fit in my garage (due to it being primarily a workshop). I am begging friends etc to use their garage for a couple of hours but haven't been successful. If all else fails can I apply the coating outside on a fully prepped car assuming If I can be certain of good weather during the process and until the hour is up where I can protect with opti-seal? I'd like to get the coating added before the winter. Thanks
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